VMware vSphere 5.0 Upgrade Best Practices

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April 09, 2011

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VMware vSphere 5.0 is a significant milestone for VMware, introducing many new features and capabilities. For many, the road to vSphere 5.0 will begin by upgrading existing vSphere environments. Fortunately, included with the many new features and capabilities of vSphere 5.0 is a simple upgrade path that makes it easy to migrate from VMware vCenter 4.x to vCenter 5.0 and from VMware ESXi 4.x to ESXi 5.0. And for the first time, users have the ability to do an in-place migration from VMware ESX® 4.x to ESXi 5.0. This paper provides an overview of the ESXi 5.0 upgrade process, along with recommendations to help ensure a smooth and seamless transition.